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Nick Roberts

About

Nick is a Senior Associate in the Commercial Dispute Resolution Team.

Nick advises national and international clients on a wide variety of complex and, or, high value commercial and contractual disputes. Amongst other things these include disputes arising from corporate transactions and partnerships; breaches of contract; breaches of director and trustee duties, including fiduciary duties; operational disputes arising from projects and joint ventures. Nick's practice is varied and clients include businesses in the energy, waste and utilities, technology, healthcare and education sectors. 

Nick has undertaken a secondment at a major utility company working as an in-house lawyer and advising on a wide variety of disputes and sector specific issues.

Nick takes a pragmatic and commercial approach to dispute resolution and has frequently helped client's resolve disputes in a cost-effective manner at mediation or in joint settlement meetings. Nick conducts high court litigation but also uses alternative dispute resolution to determine disputes through arbitration or expert determination, where appropriate. 

Nick is client focused and has excellent commercial awareness. He works closely with clients to understand their business needs and priorities and advises accordingly.

Recent Experience

  • Acting for a Multi-Academy Trust on a multi-million pound claim against numerous former Trustees for breach of their fiduciary and other duties towards it.
  • Acting for both private sector and public sector clients on disputes arising from the operational side of projects such as allegations that KPI targets have not been met and overpayments from one party to another as a result of different interpretations of the contractual obligations.
  • Advising a finance leasing company on a dispute with various parties involved in issuing a £20m bond where investor funds were retained incorrectly by the Issuer after the redemption date and were dissipated negligently and / or in breach of trust
  • Advising commercial clients with significant property portfolios on disputes with energy distributors alleging historic gas or electricity theft where large sites were supplied by unregistered meters with potential liabilities of up to £4,000,000.  
  • Advising a university on a multi-million pound breach of contract and breach of intellectual property rights dispute with a course provider and settling the dispute at mediation.